Whether you're a foodie or have frugal cravings, these Middle Eastern recipes are sure to woo your taste buds. Read on for some easy to make Middle Eastern recipes for beginners.

Middle Eastern Recipes

Whether you boast of grand gastronomical leanings and relish elaborate dinners or would rather appreciate frugal ‘continental’ servings, Middle Eastern cuisine is likely to be a big hit with you. Gourmet lovers are known to merrily polish off the cacophony of myriad taste and textures that Middle Eastern cuisine is famous for. With an opulent line up of appetizing ingredients, dietary staples and not to forget, some titillating flavors too, the best thing about Middle Eastern food is that it is versatile. It caters to every taste and appetite. What is more, it is easy to whip up and makes for a regal dining experience. If you are a foodie and do not mind stretching your culinary skills a step ahead, learning how to make easy Middle Eastern recipes will spice up your dining experience like nothing else. Here are some easy to make Middle Eastern recipes for beginners to explore. Master these menus and in the meanwhile discover the cultural diversity of the region too. Read on for more on this.
Easy Middle Eastern Recipes 

Shish Taouk

  • 2 lbs cubed Chicken Breast
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 Lemon (cut into wedges) 
  • Take a medium sized bowl and combine chicken breast, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, pepper and cayenne together and marinate the chicken for 24 hours inside a refrigerator.
  • Take skewers and string the chicken pieces into it, five in a row.
  • Grill the chicken for about 15 minutes, turning sides, till done.
  • Remove from the skewers and arrange the chicken kebabs in a plate.
  • Garnish with lemon wedges.
  • Serve hot.


  • 1 can (16 oz) of Chickpeas
  • ¼ cup canned Chickpea liquid
  • 3-5 tbsp Lemon Juice (depending on taste)
  • 1½ tbsp Tahini
  • 2 cloves Garlic (crushed)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Parsley (chopped)
  • Drain the chickpeas and keep aside the liquid.
  • In a blender, take the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, salt and olive oil. Add ¼ cup of chickpea liquid and blend the ingredients for 3 minutes till smooth.
  • Shift the contents in a bowl and make a well in the center of the hummus.
  • Pour 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the well and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
  • Serve immediately. 

Ghoraibi - Butter Cookie Recipe


  • 2 cups Butter (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup granulated Sugar
  • 4 cups all purpose Flour
  • 2 cups blanched Almond Halves
  • 1 tsp clear Almond Extract 


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees C.
  • In a bowl, take butter and beat it (for about 5 minutes) till fluffy.
  • Add sugars, almond extract and flour and mix well.
  • Put this ready dough mixture inside the refrigerator for an hour.
  • Dust a flat surface with flour and roll out the chilled cookie dough into a rope that is 1½ to 2 inches thick.
  • Cut the cookies into diamond shapes.
  • Arrange the cookies over ungreased cookie sheets. Press an almond each in the center of the cookie.
  • Bake the cookies in the pre-heated oven.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely before eating.

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